New Paddler---Need a Fishing Canoe!
Posted by: old_user on May-03-10 11:46 PM (EST)
I realize that this may have been extensively covered in other posts. I have read tons of stuff on this website and I have been learning a lot of stuff. Due to the $$$ involved in this decision, I would like to consult with some "pros" first haha.
Anyways, I will be fishing mostly out of ponds and lakes. I would however, like to take my canoe down rivers once in a while to go fishing. I would say that out of 10 times, I will probably fish 9 times in lakes and ponds and the other 1 time on a river.
I will also fish about half of the time with a friend. The other time though, I will probably be by myself.
So, I was thinking something about 14', poly, and as wide as possible (from what I have learned)
But, what are some good models and makes that I should be looking at?
Thanks guys, I really appreciate this. As I said, I don't have a lot of money, and when I do buy my canoe, I don't want to waste it.
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Posted by: old_user on May-04-10 10:11 AM (EST)
A couple options come to my mind. First would be the hybrid style fishing kayaks such as the Native Ultimate and the Wilderness Systems Commander. They're great for fishing and both companies offer lots of accessories specific to outfitting them.
My Mad River works great|
Posted by: old_user on May-04-10 11:45 AM (EST)
for fishing with a partner or solo. I just bought a Explorer 15 and it is very stable. I have fished in both lakes and rivers with it and it has done an excellent job.
Lots of options...|
Posted by: steve_in_idaho on May-04-10 12:07 PM (EST)
Posted by: Big_D on May-05-10 8:02 AM (EST)
If money's tight, consider a Kaynoe from Dick's. They're about $400 and will do what you ask. If you can afford them, the boats Steve_in_Idaho suggested are really good picks.
since you are going to by yourself .....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on May-07-10 9:53 AM (EST)
Getting more specific...|
Posted by: steve_in_idaho on May-07-10 12:19 PM (EST)
...for non-specific use.
try going to....|
Posted by: oldtownpaddler on Jun-21-10 9:21 AM (EST)
Second the Penobscot|
Posted by: jerryohare on Jan-04-11 3:51 PM (EST)
I owned one and it was a good tandem and an acceptable solo. I have also had a 15 foot Bob Special (made by Nova Craft) in Royalex. Better as a solo than the Penobscot but not as good as a tandem. Both were reasonable in weight. Basically any symetrical designed tandem will do as a solo also. Symetry enables you to paddle from the front seat facing rearward with minumal (or no ) ballast. A non-symetrical design can be soloed but you will need to weight the front to prevent the bow from skittering around in a breeze if you do not plan to kneel in the center or install a center seat.
old town fishing canoe|
Posted by: old_user on Jan-02-11 4:57 PM (EST)
i have duck hunted and fished out of an old town canoe, it is rather wide, it has has a seat in the middle of the boat so one paddler can manage it, and it wont break the bank, i think we paid 400 bux for it, and it is not horribly heavy
Posted by: fanopoe on Jan-18-11 12:41 PM (EST)
this is probably sacrilege in here, but I am very happy with my RAM-X canoe I got at Dicks Sporting Goods. It's 14.6ft, 3 seats and a cooler and HEAVY. But with proper lifting techniques it's not hard to manage. It is really stable in the water and I fish from it. I am told that the RAM-X would hold up well to the jostling it might get from a river. It was also inexpensive at $300, and since it's big enough for me, my wife and two boys, we can all enjoy it.
Posted by: Big_D on Feb-03-11 10:15 AM (EST)
They're durable, accessible, and forgiving. You're not going to get real high performance or glide or tight cornering out of a Ram-X. That said, exactly none of those things are important to the kinds of fishing the original poster says he's going to do. What is important is high initial stability, durability, comfort, and carrying capacity - all of which you get with a Ram-X canoe by Coleman.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-13-11 10:02 PM (EST)
Yes - go with the Ram-X! Save some $$ and use it until it breaks (which will be in 10 years or so). You will be an awesome fisherman with it - getting into all kinds of water. Forget the high end - it will be there when you switch when you are much more experienced.
Posted by: Jdurrua on Feb-16-11 11:39 AM (EST)
Could not see where you where from but
Posted by: Dennis1022 on Mar-31-11 9:49 AM (EST)
I've check on all types of canoes and the prices and the weight factor. If you check all Big name brand canoes and you want lite weight you'll be paying the price. I just bought my canoe which the Price was excellant and then the weight factor was great also. What I bought was a 12' Sports Pal canoe and it cost me $600.00 plus tax and the weight is on this canoe is 34 pounds and it came with motor mount and 50' anchor cord. I have already taken this canoe out on the water and had to be a very windy day and normally I would have felt it would flipped over but this one didn't feel the that. Check them out USA is SportsPal and Canada is Radisson.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-05-11 9:02 AM (EST)
I recommend Indian River canoes...to me you are correct in getting a wider canoe,mine is 14ft long and 46 inches across with a flat back stearn, I slide it in the bed of my truck effortlessly...I guide from my canoe yr round with a customer sitting up front on a raised seat but most of the time they stand while I also stand and pushpole...I cover about 6-8 miles a day this way...that answers the stablilty question...one of my customers is 70yrs old and he stands up for 8hrs a day in it while I am moving...it is a tunnel hull and I have never had a single issue with it, it does NOT track any different than a keel canoe and it cost under $500...I have guided in it for yrs on the flats of Biscayne Bay as well as the Everglades...never tipped yet and never any issues...also I carry 3 flyrods dry and line stripped out ready to cast...thats basically a unbeatable situation IMO...good luck with your choice
Posted by: cleep on Jun-02-11 8:00 AM (EST)
Ultimate 12 or 14 if you want to tandem or need more room.